He­ad-on col­li­si­on claims tou­rist, mot­her and three daug­h­ters

George Herald - - News - K­ris­ty Kol­berg

Tra­ge­dy struck on the N2 be­t­ween Wil­der­ness and Sed­ge­field w­hen a he­a­don col­li­si­on at Swart­vlei clai­med the li­ves of three gi­rls and two wo­men, of which one was a S­we­dish tou­rist, at 12:00 on Tu­es­day 8 Ja­nu­a­ry. Ac­cor­ding to Sout­hern Ca­pe po­li­ce spo­kes­per­son Capt Mal­colm Po­jie, the dri­ver of a Toyo­ta E­ti­os, P­hum­ze­ka Fo­lo­sePla­tyi (40), who was dri­ving from Sed­ge­field to­wards Ge­or­ge, lost con­t­rol of her vehi­cle, vee­red in­to the op­po­si­te la­ne and col­li­ded with an on­co­ming VW Ca­ra­val­le mi­ni­bus.

Pla­tyi, her three daug­h­ters, Mihle (17), N­tan­do­ka­zi (14), 18-month-old ba­by Iy­a­zi and Le­na L­önn (71), who was tra­vel­ling in the mi­ni­bus, we­re all victims of the fa­tal ac­ci­dent.

The dri­ver of the mi­ni­bus, a man from Ro­se­moor, and the ma­le pas­sen­ger both sus­tai­ned se­ri­ous in­ju­ries and we­re ta­ken to hos­pi­tals in Ge­or­ge. Ac­cor­ding to ER24 spo­kes­per­son Rus­sel Mei­ring, the two men we­re in cri­ti­cal con­di­ti­on w­hen pa­ra­me­di­cs ar­ri­ved on the sce­ne. “S­hort­ly

af­ter i­ni­ti­al tre­at­ment they we­re trans­por­ted to the Me­dic­li­nic Ge­or­ge and the Ge­or­ge Pro­vin­ci­al Hos­pi­tal for furt­her tre­at­ment,” he said.

Pla­tyi and her daug­h­ters, who are from the Brac­ken­fell a­rea, we­re be­lie­ved to be on their way ho­me af­ter the ho­li­days w­hen the fa­tal ac­ci­dent occu­red.

“Whi­le a fa­mi­ly wai­ted for their lo­ved on­es to re­turn from ho­li­days, they re­cei­ved the de­va­sta­ting news that they must i­den­ti­fy them at a mor­gue,” said E­den Clus­ter com­man­der Maj-Gen Oswald Red­dy af­ter vi­si­ting the ac­ci­dent sce­ne. “I am su­re the child­ren we­re look­ing for­ward to re­turn to school and to be reu­ni­ted with their friends. We re­gret that such an hor­ri­fic ac­ci­dent occur­red in our a­rea.

“The loss of fi­ve pe­op­le, in­clu­ding that of an in­ter­na­ti­o­nal tou­rist, is he­art­b­re­a­king and in­deed very sad. Our he­arts go out to the be­re­a­ved fa­mi­ly. We ap­pe­al to the ro­ad u­sers to be vi­gi­lant at all ti­mes and to o­bey the ba­sic ru­les of the ro­ad in con­si­de­ra­ti­on of your own and ot­hers' sa­fe­ty.”

Ba­re­ly a­ny­thing was left of the Toyo­ta E­ti­os af­ter it hit the mi­ni­bus he­ad-on.

The sce­ne of the ac­ci­dent s­hort­ly af­ter the he­ad-on col­li­si­on that clai­med the li­ves of fi­ve pe­op­le on Tu­es­day af­ter­noon.

The bad­ly da­ma­ged mi­ni­bus on the back of a tow truck.

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